Cost of achieving a balance in the anaesthetic department of a district general hospital.BMJ 1988; 297 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.297.6655.1033 (Published 22 October 1988) Cite this as: BMJ 1988;297:1033
In Achieving a Balance the Department of Health published requirements for medical staffing in hospitals. To review the effect that these would be likely to have a study was undertaken in the anaesthetic department of a district general hospital. The results were then validated with staffing levels in a new district general hospital with only one tier of junior staff. It was found that over the next 10 years a massive expansion in the numbers of consultants would be needed at a cost of 108,000 pounds in salaries and employer's contributions alone.